Editor's Note: Be aware the photos that accompany this story are graphic. People who are sensitive to the sight of blood should not look at them.

Editor's Note: Be aware the photos that accompany this story are graphic. People who are sensitive to the sight of blood should not look at them.

MIRAMAR BEACH — A large diamondback rattlesnake terrorized a local couple over Labor Day weekend.

Sandi Infinger first encountered it Friday, Sept. 1 when she was walking through a screened-in breezeway to get to the garage.

“I would have stepped on him,” she said, adding that she looked down at just the right moment. The sight completely flustered her. “I lost my shoe, couldn’t get the screen door open, I screamed.”

Her husband, Robert, came and watched the snake while she called 911, but it had slithered out of sight by the time a Walton County Animal Control officer arrived.

He searched for several hours but couldn’t find it.

That Monday morning, Sandi headed back out to the garage to get some eggs for breakfast and saw it crawling out from under the freezer.

“I didn’t go in there,” she said. “We didn’t have breakfast that morning.”

Three Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded, along with CJ Eastling, another Walton County Animal Control officer.  One of them lay on his stomach in the garage and spotted the snake in a very back corner.

They captured the snake with a pole and chopped off its head with a machete in the middle of the Infingers’ garage.

Eastling, who has been an animal control officer for 10 years, said it was only his third snake call. He said it was big, but he’s seen them a lot bigger.

“This one was about 4 feet,” he said. “I’ve seen them 6 or 7 foot.”

Three bottles of peroxide and one bottle of bleach later, there’s still a stain on the floor, Sandi said.

The deputies told the couple the snake’s head could continue to bite even without its body so they buried it out near the road.

“For several, several hours, if not a day, the head is very, very venomous,” Eastling said. “It’s still got its fangs and its muscles are still moving.”

One of the deputies took the body home for a buddy who wanted the skin.

Eastling said that most snakes, except for water moccasins, will get out of your way if you give them enough room.

“This one had hemmed himself in and didn’t know what he was doing,” he said.

It’s the first time in 14 years that the Infingers have seen a snake like that in their home.

“I get the heeby-jeebies every time I walk into the garage,” Sandi said, adding that she’s had nightmares since the incident. "I’m just glad I saw him. I would have been bit.”